Update on SeaDream Cruises
In late July, 2013, the docked 112-passenger SeaDream l and SeaDream ll were spotted along a Venice canal by guests peering down from a big mega-ship en route to the city’s maritime terminal used by larger vessels. The big ship cruisers “oohed” and “aahed” at the sleekness and intimate size of the two smaller vessels docked closer to the city center.
Guests onboard the mega-ships thought they were private yachts. That pleases SeaDream executives whose motto is “It’s Yachting, Not Cruising”. While intimate ships, large onboard suites and high levels of service matter to most luxury cruisers, SeaDream guests love the outdoors and communing with fellow yacht enthusiasts, according to SeaDream’s CEO Pamela Conover.
On either of the two ships, a maximum of just 112 guests are served by a crew of 95. The ambience is such that it really does make it feel like you are on your own yacht.
The decks onboard the intimate ships are large enough to hold all passengers for dinner or activities. In many locales, such as Southeast Asia or the Caribbean, the line can put down its aft marina and water sports platform in just 15 minutes. Guests hit the water with wave runners, kayaks, snorkel gear, water skis, wake-boards, stand-up paddleboards, a banana boat and more. There is also a swimming platform and a floating island.
None of the accommodations have a private balcony but guests don’t seem to care? Why? The best clients for this product are very yacht-focused and enjoy water-sports and being outside on the public decks mingling and relaxing with family, friends or yacht-focused fellow guests.
Sleeping under the stars on deck, for example, is a pleasure yacht people love; SeaDream accommodates, upon the guest’s request, by offering top-deck Balinese beds that provide elevated lounging by day and night-time sleeping with sheets, pillows and full turn-down service.
As with other luxury lines, SeaDream has a strong culinary focus. Chefs visit local markets along to source fresh fruits, vegetables and regional specialties. All cuisine is prepared a la minute and served alfresco or in the ship’s dining room. In partnership with the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Fl, SeaDream also has an optional Raw Food Menu.
Another point of differentiation, according to Bob Lepisto, the line’s president, is that SeaDream has more massage therapists than other vessels of similar or even greater size. Guests might opt for a neck or back massage on deck or a full-bodied treatment in the spa.
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